Pigato [pee-GAH-toh] is a white, sharp, herbal-flavored grape of disputed origins that grows in the Liguria region of northern Italy. Some say it was planted by the ancient Greeks, others credit its Italian presence to the Roman legions.
The Pigato vine is believed to have originated in the ancient Tessaglia, region of Greece, but has thrived for centuries in the area of Albenga, so much so to be considered tantamount to a native. It was probably introduced in Liguria toward the end of the 17th century.The name of the grape comes from the word from the Liguria dialect “Pigau” and refers to the “pighe” “small amber spots” that are present on the grape when fully mature. The variety comes from the Vermentino family and in the course of the centuries it adapted to our territory and developed original characteristics that are not found anywhere else. The production zone is always the inland of Albenga.
Riviera Ligure di Ponente - pure
Polcevera valley - a field blend
Viticulture and winemaking
Its leaf is of medium size, pentagonal and five-lobed, medium cluster, fairly compact, short, conical, straight or winged, medium berry, elongated spheroid, peel of medium thickness with a good presence in bloom, golden-amber color with spots widespread. He has plenty of good vigor and productivity. Ripens in late September.